Much of Minnesota enjoyed the warmest day in six months Monday. The thermometer hit 70 degrees at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. That’s the first time since Oct. 20, 2017.
First 70! Temp just popped 70 degrees at MSP Airport for the first time in 2018. Average date is April 13. Last 70 was October 20. Welcome to the warmest day in 6 months! #mnwx pic.twitter.com/lgs3zXtfFK
— MPR Weather (@MPRweather) April 23, 2018
The Upper Midwest basked in 60s and 70s Monday. A deep blue cold pool remains over the northern Rockies, but the weather maps finally look like spring across most of the nation now.
A fading front slides across Minnesota Tuesday. We’ll see more clouds and a few spotty light showers or sprinkles.
Sun returns Wednesday
After Tuesday we return to mostly sunny skies and milder weather. Highs in the 60s will be common this week. Even overnight minimum temperatures may stay above freezing in most of the Twin Cities this week. Temps push the 70 degree mark again this weekend.
It really is amazing how we went from a blizzard to 70 degrees in about a week. Talk about weather whiplash.
— MPR Weather (@MPRweather) April 22, 2018
The upper-air pattern looks favorable for mild weather as we move into early May. Note how the big blue blob that was anchored from Hudson Bay to Minnesota has shifted back toward the North Pole.
We knocked off our first 60 and 70 degree temps in the Twin Cities in a span of 48 hours. Can the first 80 be far behind? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Forecast System extended product suggests we may get close in early May.